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Department of Art and Graphic Design Office
Brett DeBoer
Department Chair
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Professional Collaborations

Winner of 2nd Artist Series wine label Anneka Weinert '17
Winner of 2nd Artist Series wine label Anneka Weinert '17

Student Designed Label Soars to the Clouds

When Lodi Winery, Borra Vineyards released their spring white wines this last April, one of their newest additions was the Artists Series "Nuvola" (Italian for cloud) featuring label artwork created by Pacific freshman Anneka Weinert.

Borra's Artist Series label design is a local on-going collaboration with Pacific's Art and Graphic Design students on the Stockton campus. For a second year in a row Borra's winemaker Marcus Niggli and Visiting Lecturer Michael E. Leonard organized a label artwork design competition with the students in Leonard's illustration class.

Borra Artist Series label competition "This year I asked the students to draw from their heart and to be inspired by the name "Nuvola" and its origin. One freshman student, Anneka Weinert stood out to me, because while other students pulled out their laptops to create, she pulled out her sketchbook and started to draw. The final product took only minor tweaking, and I'm very excited about the end result," shared Niggli.

In addition to having her label artwork in print, Anneka also received a cash prize for her winning design.
Borra Vineyards is located at 1301 East Armstrong Road in Lodi, California. 

Art Students Mural Project for Heinz Labs

The Art of Research: Students create Murals for new Heinz Labs

Jonel Imutan '13, Karen Obligacion '13, Alexis Ortega '15, Francisco Gallardo '12, and Dante Pasquini '16, Art and Graphic Design, were contracted by the Heinz North America Corporation to produce a cycle of four mural paintings to be installed in its newly constructed Research and Development Labs in Stockton. The students, all from the greater Stockton community, were selected for their ability to conduct historical research and their outstanding skills in realist and portrait painting. Lucinda Kasser and Dan Kasser, Art and Graphic Design, were the supervising faculty on the project.

Student Seng Moua Label Design

Local business collaboration offers opportunity for Student Artist

In the fall of 2012, Borra Vineyard's winemaker Markus Niggli contacted Pacific's Department of Art and Graphic Design with the idea of an Artist Series that would feature a student-designed wine label. Working with Niggli, visiting Art and Graphic Design Lecturer Michael Leonard brought this artwork competition to his illustration students as a way to deliver real world practice to the classroom.
After considering all the student work, Markus Niggli chose graphic design student Sheng Moua's submission as the winner. In addition to winning a cash prize, her label went to print this spring.

Plans are for this collaboration with Pacific to continue and make this Artist Series an annual event.
Read more about this collaboration and the student artist in this Pacific News article.